Four Square Rules

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  • Each player stands in one of the four squares.
  • To start the game, the player in square one serves the ball by bouncing it in their square once and then hitting it towards one of the other squares. The receiving player then hits the ball to any other player in one of the other squares.
  • The ball must bounce in another player’s square, and they must hit it to another player before it bounces a second time.
  • A player may hit the ball before it bounces, if they choose to do so.
  • If a player hits the ball so that it misses another player’s square, or fails to hit the ball before the second bounce after it has landed in their square, they are “out”.
  • When a player is out, the other players move up to take their place, and that player moves to the last square, or to the end of the line, if there are more than four players.
  • The object of the game is to move up to and hold the server’s position.

UnFair4Square Rules 

  • Squares increase in size from 1 to 4.
  • Referees can change, make up, or add variations to the rules. see below
  • The new rules might not apply to all equally. Deal with it.

Unfair Variations

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  • Upball: Players must hit the ball above their own head.
  • Underhanded: All hits that players make must be underhand.
  • Out-of-pocket: Players must put both feet outside of their square after they hit the ball.
  • Airball: Players must have both feet off the ground when they hit the ball.
  • Jedi: Players must close their eyes every time they hit the ball. Eyes only need to be closed when players are hitting the ball.
  • Spinball: Players must spin around in a circle after they hit the ball.
  • Pirate: Players must close one eye for the entire round and say something a pirate would say every time they hit the ball.
  • T-Rex: Players must play with their elbows on their ribs and cannot extend their arms. Players must roar every time you hit the ball.
  • Zombie: Players must extend their arms completely and cannot bend their elbows. Players must groan like a zombie when they hit the ball.
  • Robot: Players cannot bend their knees while playing and must make robot noises when they hit the ball.
  • Flamingo: Before the round starts, the referee or player in the one square chooses a leg to stand on. Players must play on one foot for the whole round.
  • Handyperson: Players can only play with one hand chosen by the referee or player in the one square at the beginning of the round.
  • World Cup: No hands.


Dialogue Questions

  • Why do you think it is so difficult to talk about politics today?
  • Why do you think it is so difficult to talk about race today?
  • What do you think could make the world a better place today?
  • How do you think the church could be a force in making the world a better place?
  • Name three role models from the past you think could make the world better today.
  • Name three people in your life you believe make a difference in the world.
  • Share some concrete way (s) you strive to make the world a better place at home, school, or church.

Connecting Questions:

  • What is the size of the place you came from?  What is the best thing about it?
  • Would you rather be a hammer or a nail  and why?
  • What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  • What was the first book you remember reading?
  • If you were an animal what animal would you be and why?
  • Who is on the twenty-dollar bill?
  • What is your favorite school activity and why?
  • Would you rather play a sport or participate in a really good conversation and why?
  • When you open the toothpaste do you grab it in the middle or squeeze from the bottom?
  • If you had the greatest gift in the world you keep it or give it away and why?
  • Have you ever lied to your parents?
  • Would you rather watch a good movie or read a really good book and why?
  • Name the capital of Alaska.

Going Deeper

  • Who has an easier life than you do?
  • Who has a harder life than you do?
  • How does it feel to be around people with different levels of advantages and disadvantages?
  • Are there groups of people who have it easier or harder than you do? are you willing to name them?
  • What does it mean when someone says, “they were born on third base”?
  • What change needs to happen to level the “playing field” for people and groups? how does that change vary for different groups?
  • How do you contribute to making someone life harder or easier?
  • What action could you take that might cause someone who is at a disadvantage to say, “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING”. (or at least you are seen as an ally to help them make change for the better)

Extra Credit Questions:

  • How many books are in the bible?
  • What three states border Minnesota?
  • What is the name of the Minnesota wilderness area?
  • Name the first book of the Old Testament?
  • Name the first book of the New Testament.
  • How many people are attending this Youth Gathering?
  • What is the capital of Minnesota?
  • Who wrote the song Purple Rain?
  • Minnesota is the state of how many lakes?